Rumor Patrol: New ‘Transformers 4′ Robots & Story Details Revealed

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 13th, 2014 at 7:47 am,

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WARNING: Should this rumor turn out to be true, this article contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Transformers 4. If you are worried about potential spoilers. Turn away now.

For months, we’ve been hearing that Transformers 4 will be taking Michael Bay’s blockbuster franchise in a new direction – and likely serve as the first installment in a new set of films. So what exactly does this fresh franchise direction entail? A leaked (albeit unconfirmed) plot synopsis suggested that human scientists had successfully reverse engineered the Transformers – opening the door for wild alterations to the robots-in-disguise format.

However, Paramount Pictures was quick to “debunk” the leaked plot – which, as anyone that follows pre-release rumors is aware, doesn’t necessarily mean the details were inaccurate (the studio could simply be spreading misinformation to distract from a later reveal). The only official information available focuses on the various human characters (their actors and backstories) –  without addressing the Transformers 4 storyline or its cybernetic organism cast members. Now, a new rumor could confirm long-running speculation about the upcoming sequel – including the addition of several fan-favorite characters from the G1 series.

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Despite an enormous $1.1 billion global box office haul, Transformers: Dark of the Moon was saddled with a lot of franchise baggage – the wandering “boy and his first car” journey of Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), a reduced and downright underwhelming role for Megatron (one of the franchise’s most iconic Decepticons), as well as an increasingly tangled mythology and series storyline, among others. Given that the stars of the film are the giant robots, not their human counterparts, it’s no surprise that the filmmakers are reorganizing the property and changing course.

NOTE: The rest of this post contains potential SPOILERS for Transformers 4. This is your final warning, if you do NOT want to know key (albeit rumored) details of the film, turn away now.

Begin (potential) SPOILERS for Transformers 4.

According to an exclusive report from JoBlo, Transformers 4 will include several iconic characters from the classic cartoon series, including the Dinobots and Galvatron – names that should be familiar to anyone who listens to our Screen Rant Underground podcast. For over a year, we’ve been speculating that Bay could easily incorporate both the Dinobots and Galvatron – with a longterm goal of introducing planet-sized villain Unicron (who was voiced by Orson Welles in 1986’s Transformers: The Movie). To listen to those Transformers 4 discussions, check out podcasts episode 57 and 84.

The new JoBlo report sites a “reliable source” who gleaned info from a “recent marketing event.” According to the source, Decepticon bounty hunter Lockdown (a character that was featured in the 2007 Transformers: Animated reboot) pilots a ship full of “decommissioned Transformers” – including the Dinobots. The post suggests that Optimus Prime (once again voiced by Peter Cullen) and Bumblebee then find a way to revive the Dinobots – including T-Rex Grimlock and Pteranodon Swoop. Other Dinobot team members Slag (Triceratops), Sludge (Apatosaurus), and Snarl (Stegosaurus) could also appear in the movie but were not specifically mentioned in the news post. Even though beast-like creatures have been fighting on the Decepticon side in the prior three installments (Ravage, Scorponok, and the Driller) bringing the Dinobots into the equation would certainly help freshen up the format.

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That said, a less-believable element of the rumor suggests that Optimus Prime and Bumblebee will literally ride Grimlock and Swoop, respectively, into a Hong Kong battle. Swoop flying Bumblebee into a conflict could be cool (and make narrative sense) but picturing Optimus Prime saddled on the back of Grimlock in T-Rex mode is much harder to believe – especially since the Autobot leader had his own flight capability in the last two entries. Yet, given that the information came from a marketing event, it’s possible that Hasbro is preparing toy sets (or other marketing materials) that partner Dinobots with Autobots – even if those exact pairings do not play out in the actual film.

In addition, the rumor also suggests that while Megatron may have met his end in the Dark of the Moon finale, the character will be resurrected as Galvatron in Transformers 4. Certain versions of Galvatron exist as standalone villains but most iterations of the character have some connection to Megatron – usually as an evolved (bigger and more dangerous) version of the Decepticon leader. In the 1986 animated film, it was Unicron that built Galvatron (who retained Megatron’s memories and personality) – in exchange for destroying the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.

Here’s how the scene played out in the 1986 animated film (FYI: Leonard Nimoy voices Galvatron):

Unicron could be introduced as a looming threat down the line (much like Thanos in The Avengers) but it’s much more likely that if Megatron/Galvatron has a role in Transformers 4, he’ll be brought back to life with a new form (and different voice actor) – by using the same technology that allows Optimus Prime to reanimate the Dinobots. Perhaps a relic that once belonged to Unicron? Of course, that’s entirely speculation at this point.

Last up, the JoBlo report suggests that both Hound (an Autobot scout often portrayed as a Jeep Wrangler) as well as a disgraced “samurai” Decepticon (who seeks to regain his honor by helping the Autobots) will both be added to the robot roster. No further details on either character were provided, but coupled with Dinobots and Galvatron, it certainly sounds as though Bay intends to significantly diversify the line-up this round. Despite a few slick moments, like Sideswipe splitting Sideways in two, most prior Transformers action has been fist-to-fist or blaster-to-blaster battles, the addition of a long range scout, samurai, and dinosaurs has the promise of mixing things up (not to mention sell a lot of new toys).

Still not sure how to feel about live-action Dinobots? Check out the trailer for last year’s Fall of Cybertron video game to get a taste of how cool Grimlock and his team could look on the big screen:

Transformers 4 hits theaters on June 27, 2014.

Source: JoBlo

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  1. I’m hoping that Sideswipe will be in the movie again, but his twin Sunstreaker too. I’m still surprised Bay didn’t include him; they’re rarely ever seen without the other. I’d love to see some awesome Jet Judo!

    • Rumors are going around that a man who takes care of the corevette said the name of the vehicle was “Sunstreaker”, and that the Lambourgini was the new alt mode of “Sideswipe”

      • Other way round. Sunstreaker is the Lambo.

  2. I think there doing this cause they know how bad they messed up the whole series … Revenge of the fallen was murdered the movie wasn’t about fallen getting his revenge is was based on Sam n micalina romance not alien robots killing each other boo stop making crappy sequals

  3. I don’t understand how they will bring Galvatron back when they already used Nimoy. Huh?!?!!

    • What I have put together from the trailers is that after dark of the moon humans started hunting the automotive, so they were all forced to go into hiding. The wreckers,sideswipe and Dino are all killed, or taken for experiments by Kelsey grammar. Megaton remains are discovered and the humans rebuild him into Galveston, who Osbert on revenge. He takes their other invention stinger and go automotive hunting. Ratchet is found and killed

    • What I have put together from the trailers is that after dark of the moon humans started hunting the automotive, so they were all forced to go into hiding. The wreckers,sideswipe and Dino are all killed, or taken for experiments by Kelsey grammar. Megaton remains are discovered and the humans rebuild him into Galveston, who Osbert on revenge. He takes their other invention stinger and go automotive hunting. Ratchet is found and killed

      • “Megaton remains are discovered and the humans rebuild him into Galveston”

        Who are Megaton & Galveston?

  4. They should add b-2 spirit stealth bomber in this movie along with the f-22 raptor and other fighter jets and bombers.

  5. Does Optimus have the same form as the previous movies? It would be a disaster if he had a new veichle form. The old truck is a classic in the Transformers movies. And what about Bumblebee? One source say that he’s gonna transform into an old 1969 Camaro SS and in another source his gonna be a 2014 Chevy Camaro. And Galvatron must look like Megatron, just a little more metal scrap on his body and he looks like an upgraded Megatron.

  6. I was just in Chicago and took some nice photos of the car they are going to use for Bumble Bee. Today 9-8-2013 at 3:15pm Looks like another exciting movie and I can’t wait!!!

  7. They resurrect everyone else except the female transformers. This is an outrage. Just make elita one like she was in the G1 series. not that hard.

  8. How is megatron being brought back. His head was ripped off !!!!! This is stupid and y haven’t we heard of galvatron in the other movies. Autobots and Decepticons used to live in the same place so y didnt they know about all the Decepticons! I dont get it!

    • You clearly know nothing about G1. In the original Transformers movie ((animated from 1986, set in the G1 world)) Megatron and a few other Decepticons are mortally wounded, and left in space to die. Unicron comes across them, and tells Megatron that he will give him a new body if he destroys the Autobot Matrix of Leadership, the only thing that can kill him. Megatron argues for a minute, Unicron emits some frequency that hurts Megatron, and he agrees. Megatron is then turned into Galvatron, and the other decepticons are given new bodies, and names as well. Galvatron retains Megatron’s memories, but is physically a different transformer. Arguably, to stay true to this old system, as long as Megatron’s “brain” was present, Unicron, or who ever creates Galvatron here, Galvatron totally works. Currently (June 3rd, 2014) we know that a human character ((through reverse engineering)) is building transformers, which may also be how Galvatron is created.

      You haven’t heard of Galvatron in other movies because he didn’t exist yet. In the original series and movie, Galvatron doesn’t step foot on Cybertron until after the Decepticons had taken it over, long after. Specifically he goes to Cybertron when Star Scream is being crowned as the new Decepticon leader, but while being crowned Galvatron kills him. The Autobots had been hiding on Cybertron’s moons, and a base on Earth, but Unicron consumes both moons, and then later in the film continues on to attempt to consume Cybertron. The remaining Autobots, lead by Ultra Magnus, fly into unicron to try and destroy him. They find and rescue the moon base autobots from Unicron’s digestive system. Hot Rod ((not Hot Shot or Bumble Bee)) finds Galvatron, who has stolen the matrix of leadership to try and control Unicron, but it doesn’t work because Galvatron can’t open it. They have an epic fight, the matrix gets thrown to the side, and Hot Rod is the first to get to it. Turns out he’s the chosen one and is able to activate the powers of the Matrix. He is upgraded to Rodimus Prime, Unicron starts shutting down and blowing up from the powers of the matrix, and they all escape.

      So really Galvatron doesn’t even get to be on Cybertron long, all of this really on happens in the matter of a day or two.

  9. I love wiping butter on squirrels then shoving them up my arse.

  10. The Corvette is Crosshairs, the Bugatti is Drift, The Lamborghini is Lockdown….. Megatron is NOT being brought back the Argosy Truck is GALVATRON! and Grimlock is NOT working with the autobots. :)

    • Are you kidding me optimus is riding grimlock in the commercials and all the figures show all the dinobots with Autobot insignias also Galvatron is Megatron revived and upgraded

  11. In the trailer a decipticon lock down wast shown in the other movies.what about the surviving autobots in dark of the moon.they are not in the trailer.Swoop and grimlock are going to be rided by Optimus and bee in the movie.

  12. What about sideswipe he survived episode 3.if bay doesent include every character that’s just being lazy.

  13. I didnt hear any mention of predaking..? He is the leader of the lost dinobot army. You cant have the dinobots in a movie without him.

  14. Predaking isn’t a Dinobot -.-
    In the original G1 series,he is the awesome result of the predacons combining.Also,Predaking is aligned with the Decepticons.Not a “leader of a lost dinobot army.” None the an autobot.

    • The dinocons are Autobot. Grimlock is an Autobot though he doesn’t care for prime.

  15. Ok… So they add this dinobot garbage but no minicons? WHERE ARE THE MINICONS? Also, the most BadA$$ transformer of all time, Sideways, has not even made an appearence. Why? Michael Bay stop beating a dead horse, all the Transformers movies suck. Until I see the Star Saber I won’t be satisfied. *Slams door and walks out*

  16. They should have kept magatron around he was just as important as Optimus prime, now it’s not be same without magatron. He had a huge fan base and it was awsome when he kicked primes ass.

    • Oh they brought Megatron back (reincarnated as Galvatron) but he doesn’t even pick up a stick, let along fight! He walks off the screen in the end as if nothing happens.
      And yes, if you guys want to sit and watch what is after the end credits, DON’T! Micheal Bay was too stingy to put extra footage. I reckon he was too eager to finish the movie. Hope Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live up to the name!

  17. Just came from watching Transformers 4. TO be honest. 165 minutes of BULL!


    That’s how I describe this franchise. Less characters from the previous movies. Autobots like Ratchet and Iron-hide killed by humans! whats with that? Megatron becomes Galvatron, and he doesn’t do jack s*** in the movie. Even while he is on the ground and looking for the “seed”, he still doesn’t make effort to kick some butt. He walks away like nothing happened. Getting Optimus Prime to fly after all the action finishes is not a story guys! Well at-least we got some scenic views of Honk Kong and China but why there? Couldn’t find better places like Russia maybe be or maybe New Zealand to shoot your scenes. Mr Bay would have used some expensive cars in this movies but what a waste of story line.
    Use of Dynobots in the end for the final battle, just to live up the name of Transformers 4 title, was pathetic!

    Think it was just a lot of noise from Subwoofers in the theater rather that better Pro Logic effects. We all know the audio effects when a robot transform. It seemed to be more music then actual FX.

    Just didn’t hit the right note!